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Youth Investment Fund (YIF)

Grants to Yukon Nonprofits, Agencies, First Nations,
and Schools to Benefit Marginalized Youth

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Government of Yukon

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 11:59 PM - For funding $501 to $5,000; For funding $500 and under, apply any time.


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Grants of up to $500 and grants ranging from $501 to $5,000 to Yukon nonprofit organizations, government agencies, First Nations governments, and schools for short-term projects that benefit marginalized youth. Funding is intended for activities that offer recreational and social opportunities, promote strong self-esteem, and encourage the development or positive lifestyle choices. The Fund supports projects aimed at youth 18 and under with fewer opportunities or who experience a form of discrimination.

“Marginalized youth” refers to youth who are typically afforded fewer opportunities or who experience a form of discrimination. This usually involves girls/boys or young women/men in one or more of the following groups:
-Indigenous youth
-Youth with disabilities
-Youth from rural communities
-Youth from a small ethnic or cultural group
-Youth from a low social or economic background
-Youth exposed to substance abuse, violence, conflict and/or the justice system
-LGBTQ2 youth (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, 2 Spirited)

Common project themes include:
-Youth leadership development and training initiatives
-Substance abuse prevention
-Peer mentoring
-Skill development programs
-Recreation and physical activities
-Youth camps
-Reduction or prevention of bullying

Every YIF project is unique. To ensure a good change of receiving funding, projects should include as many of following items as possible:
-Create social and recreational opportunities for youth
-Promote self-esteem and positive self-image among youth
-Promote leadership, skill development and training
-Promote employment and educational opportunities for youth
-Encourage the development of positive lifestyle choices
-Have youth play a meaningful part in the planning and running of the project
-Build bridges between youth and adults in the community
-Involve a variety of people, support and resources from the community and add to what the community already has going for it
-Projects that use Yukon people and resources are given priority
-Preference is given to projects that operate out of school time

For eligible uses of funding, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180266

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests of up to $500 may be submitted at any time.

Requests of $501 - $5,000 must be submitted by the deadline.

Term of Contract:

Spring funded projects should start mid-May or later. Fall funded projects should start mid-November or later.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A Yukon not-for-profit organization that is a legal entity can apply. These include:
-Registered nonprofit organizations in good standing
-Municipalities and incorporated communities
-First Nation Governments
-School councils / boards

Not Eligible:
-Yukon / Federal government institutions (including schools)
-For profit organizations

Funding may not be used for
-Personal items (e.g. running shoes, prizes, uniforms, medals, trophies)
-Feasibility studies / needs assessments
-Travel expenses outside the Yukon
-Travel expenses associated with schools or sports teams
-Projects duplicating areas of responsibility of, or existing, government programs
-Business ventures
-Paying youth to participate in the project
-Projects that support many non-Yukon youth
-Administration fees

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for funding $500 and under can be submitted at any time. When fully completed $500 and under applications are received, they will be reviewed and decided upon within three weeks.

Applications for funding $501 - $5,000 must be submitted by 11:59 PM on April 1 and October 1 of each year. If the deadline day falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be at 11:59 pm on the next business day.

Applications will be reviewed and, within 5 weeks after the application deadline date, you will be contacted to let you know if your project is going to be funded or not (notification date).

The applicant may wish to ensure that all employees, workshop facilitators, volunteers, or anyone else that will be left alone with youth, are in a supervisory role with youth, or participate on overnight trips with youth complete and clear a criminal records check.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send completed application to:
Youth Investment Fund
Youth Directorate A-8Y
Box 2703
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Fax: 867-393-6341

Fund administrator:
1-800-661-0408 ext. 6771

Chairperson: 867-667-8213

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

Canada: Yukon

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